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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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2016 Poultry Processing Workshop

Thursday, July 7

MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $75 for non-members; $60 for members
Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office: (207) 568-4142

Join MOFGA's livestock expert Diane Schivera and MOFGA's Jason Tessier of Tessier's Farm as they teach you how to successfully and sanitarily process your own meat birds. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We'll discuss poultry management, equipment and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron, and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home a bird.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Why Obama’s USDA food-safety pick is so important
Grist - 7/14/2009.
By Tom Philpott – As I reported Friday, a man with a Big Ag background has emerged as the frontrunner for a still-empty USDA post called “undersecretary of food safety.” The holder of this position oversees the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which has the nearly impossible task of ensuring that our gigantic, factory-scale slaughterhouses produce safe meat. An excellent piece by Bill Tomson in Friday’s Wall Street Journal lays out how meat industry influence impedes the agency’s ability to keep deadly pathogens out of the meat supply.
Crops, ponds destroyed in quest for food safety
Common Dreams - 7/13/2009.
By Carolyn Lochhead – Dick Peixoto planted hedges of fennel and flowering cilantro around his organic vegetable fields in the Pajaro Valley near Watsonville to harbor beneficial insects, an alternative to pesticides. He has since ripped out such plants in the name of food safety, because his big customers demand sterile buffers around his crops. No vegetation. No water. No wildlife of any kind.
Are we near peak phosphorus?
Treehugger - 7/13/2009.
By Lloyd Alter – It takes a lot of phosphorus to support our diet – about 222.5 kg per person per year for a normal balanced diet. Professor Stuart White, Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney suggests that it follows the same Hubberts Peak pattern as oil, and that we are just about at the peak.
Sun’s out: time to make hay
Kennebec Journal - 7/13/2009.
By Betty Adams – WINDSOR -- Mike Richardson took advantage of the dry weather Friday to cut the first hay of the season. His daughter, Ashley Richardson, a sophomore at the University of Maine, pulled a tedder through the fields, flipping the mown hay. By Sunday, the Richardsons had put up 400 bales, less than half the usual production for this time of year. The slowdown, he says, is directly attributable to the wet weather.
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